Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Holding Hands & Embracing Others

Recently the hubby made a request for a knit vest. When he asked I knew just the pattern.

Dr. G memory vest
Dr. G's Memory Vest by Kirsten from Through the Loops.

The pattern for Dr. G's Memory vest is available on her blog. In order to receive a copy of the pattern she asks that you make a contribution to Alzheimer's and dementia research. Details are on the blog. Her father suffered from vascular dementia and she has designed this vest in his memory.

Kirsten is an amazing designer. I love the the look of the vest. It is even more special because it honors the memory of her father and supports Alzheimer's research.

Alzheimer's is a progressive and fatal disease of the brain destroying brain cells and affecting memory, thinking, and behavior. As many as 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. Today, it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It is the most common form of dementia. Currently, Alzheimer's disease has no cure.

You may know someone who is living with Alzheimer's and know how difficult it is to see a loved one suffer from the dementia and the receding of the known around them. My friend Annette is participating in the Los Angeles Memory Walk on Oct. 5. Her mother, Mary, has Alzheimer's disease. Having a loved one with Alzheimer's is a hard road to walk which is why the need for community and further research is needed. If you would like to support the continued efforts for research and awareness for Alzheimer's disease here are two opportunities. Dr. G's Memory Vest or my friend Annette's Memory Walk in honor of her mother Mary or someone close to your own heart.

end alzheimer's

Anyone pledging support for Annette here, please post a comment or email me and let me know. I will send you a little something in the mail with much gratitude.

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